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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Goodbye Rainbow Diamond, Hello Marie?

It is with great sadness we say goodbye to old friends who have carried us through 2 years of dress-up, dollhouse, librarian, teacher, and a host of other imaginary games. I am, of course, referring to the familiar names L & M used for any number of characters that were involved in these games.

I could always play along knowing one of the characters would be named Rainbow Diamond, Alina, Belle, Princess or Trasha (that last one was always a mystery for me).

But now on the eve of their 5th birthday, the girls have received their very first Webkinz and chosen the names Azora, Lina, Angela and Marie. OK, so 2 of the 4 remind me of the old days but the thing is, they are BRAND NEW names. Where’s Rainbow Diamond?
Apparently, we have outgrown her and the others. We’ve been introduced to newer, cooler sounding names, and a new, virtual world in which to play with them (but only for 15 minutes each after we’ve emptied the dishwasher).

Funny, it’s like the feeling I had when they were a year old. I just couldn’t picture life without a single Fisher Price toy. And yet, they have all seemed to disappear. Who knew there would one day be a world without Trasha or Rainbow Diamond?

Hmmm, Trasha – maybe growing up isn't so bad.


Monday, May 19, 2008

L & M's Fabulous 5th Birthday Bash (A survival guide)

How to throw a party for 40+ kids
without losing your mind... or one of the kids!

Thank You to my helpers!
My family, friends, and other parents who helpe
d collect presents, pour drinks, cut cake, watch over the chaos on the swing set, roundup the escapees, and in general be everywhere I couldn't be while Daddy took over 800 photos (the miracle of digital cameras).

We had perfect weather.

After days of rain I
was thankful that we could be outside where everyone actually fit. And mysteriously the mosquitoes took the day off.

Two cakes for 2 little Girls.

I let L & M each pick out their own cake AND made the crowd
sing twice. I think they were thrilled to have their own moment of glory and their own candles to blow out. And a bonus...I actually had enough cake!

Another TW
OFER....2 DJs came instead of one!
Twofer Thumbs
Up to Charlie and Patrick at Unique Dreams DJs who were not only really sweet, but got the kids dancing and jumping for 2 hours straight. They handled the prizes, they helped manage the timing for the cake, they even turned the traditionally chaotic pinata into organized fun!

There was only one
real ScaryMom moment...
When I tossed the last of the candy and realized I'd survived. I did a celebratory dance and anyone who saw me would agree it was a wee bit scary how happy I actually was ;)!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Birthday Update: 45 Kids and We Have Strep?

This Birthday Bash is turning into an exercise in gratitude...
  • 45 Kids are coming? Great! I was thinking I'd get a few more no's, but really, what a compliment that just about everyone is making the effort to come.
  • They say it might rain Saturday???? Great! It will force me to clean out the garage completely and use my skills at decorating to make it festive.
  • L & M might have strep?!??!? Great! At least I'll get them on an antibiotic within the 48 hours they need to NOT be contagious.
Plus, I really wanted some quality time at home with the 2 of them before this weekend. God knows I didn't need to get anything done today and tomorrow!! :) :) :)

You should see what I look like right now...truly scary!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Secret to a Happy Mother's Day

Here it is. Listen up. Take notes if you wish.
The secret to a happy Mother's Day is.....

alone time

Forget the spa, the fancy brunch, the jewelry, the poems, whatever else advertisers try to sell. It's all about the peace and quiet.

Just one day of NO....
answering questions
giving directions

Throw in no cooking and cleaning and I'm truly queen for a day!

So here's how my day went.
I woke up around 8:30 am (record setting) and drank coffee, read the paper, ate breakfast and played online until...1:30 pm!!!! I'm still in my PJs as I write this :).

DH would also like me to detail breakfast so he can get the credit he's due:
fried eggs w/ham & cheese on english muffin
turkey bacon
fresh fruit salad consisting of strawberries, blueberries, bananas and apples
homemade hash brown potatoes with onion

But reality kicked in for lunch and to break up a few arguments. Even now L and M are upstairs destroying my closet and I just don't want to ruin the day by dealing with it.
So, today I'm not so scary. But I know tomorrow will be back to normal!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Kindergarten Orientation update

1. we were late
2. they are the ONLY twins this year
3. the three of us are readheads

Needless to say we stood out and I'm sure there's a little "X" next to their names already.
So now I guess I'll have to really amp up the volunteering come September.

But at least it's FREE :) :) :)!


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Kindergarten Here We Come!

Tomorrow is Kindergarten Orientation for L & M (and Mom and Dad too). I think I'm more nervous than they are. It's a whole new world, and not in the Disney sense.

They'll be sitting down in a small group with the 4 kindergarten teachers who I just know will be secretly testing and evaluating them on their reading, writing and social skills. How can I not be nervous? This is their first chance to charm the teachers so that I don't have to bribe them at the holidays with creative and expensive gifts.

Wish us luck! And above all, I hope the school doesn't have that stale cafeteria smell and scary bathrooms (oh you know I'll be checking) or I'm apt to start looking into private schools.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It doesn't matter if you're on the right track...'ll still get run over if you don't keep moving.

That was always my favorite quote and to show you how much I liked it, I used it in my senior blurb for my high school yearbook. Thank God I didn't choose my number two, "Here she come now sayin mony mony...". How funny to think I probably spent days coming up with just the right stuff to mention in that blurb and now half of it means nothing to me.

So I have joined the blogging scene to keep moving forward, and to keep memories of my girls in a place that doesn't give me paper cuts and sticky fingers. This will also be a great place to direct their future prom dates to let them know I can embarrass them publicly so they'd better behave. I figure I have about 11 years to generate enough readers to make it a substantial threat.

In addition, I can stop sending lengthy emails to my family and friends detailing the latest adventures of L and M and my (often poor) attempts at guiding them through the maze of questions, friends, school, and sibling rivalry.

But for the 2 readers out there (you know who you are mom and DH) I promise lots of good, juicy stories (past and present) and drama. With 2 little girls there's always drama.

It can be scary to think of raising two girls in this crazy world. And sometimes their antics turn me into a

Saturday, May 3, 2008

PR Welcome and Twofer Disclosure Policy

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Friday, May 2, 2008

About Me

Contact: scarytwins [at] yahoo [dot] com

How I got here:

In 2007 I came across one of my greatest college application essay. In it I wrote about the very first time I shaved my legs. I didn't hold back. I took a risk and I guess Syracuse University had sense enough not to hold it against me.

This little work of genius inspired me to start writing again. And as I picked up the box of memorabilia, my twins came barreling down the steps yelling about something or other. I looked at them and decided I had enough material to start a blog.

Where I came from:
I grew up in a small, Connecticut town about an hour north of New York City. I claim full rights as a New Yorker and often need to visit to get my fix. No matter where I live "the City" for me is, and always will be New York. DC is DC. Chicago is Chicago. LA is just strange.

Where I've been along the way:
I have traveled around the world and settled in the suburbs.

I have experienced the profound loss of my father just weeks after celebrating the birth of my twins.

I have learned that while I am responsible for my children, the only person I am really in control of is me.

Where I'm going:
My goal for this blog is to record my life, entertain those reading it, and when applicable, inform.